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Hathurusingha wants to give Bangladesh’s players ‘psychological safety’

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has stated he has tried to present his gamers “psychological safety” and be certain that the dressing room stays a spot the place they’ll freely open up and have conversations. He believes that this surroundings, the place gamers really feel inspired even when they’ve failed a few times, goes to assist deliver the perfect out of the group.

Hathurusingha stated he’s making an attempt to create an environment the place gamers aren’t apprehensive about what their team-mates, coaches and selectors could be fascinated by them. He is making an attempt to construct belief inside this bubble that’s usually fraught with undue strain.

“If you can create the environment where the players can do their best without worrying about outcome, [and] repercussions – not only from coaches or selectors, even from their peers,” Hathurusingha stated. “If they can be free to try things; if they fail, they are still okay. They are the same players, and we trust them.

“I believe that is the most important change that [has] occurred not too long ago. The different coaches additionally talked about to me that is the most important change. That’s what I’m making an attempt to create as properly. I do know that for those who create an surroundings like that, the one means ahead is that if they’ll do their greatest. If their greatest just isn’t adequate on some days, we’ll lose. That’s the sport.”

In his second stint as head coach, Hathurusingha has overseen two wins in his first three collection. Bangladesh beat England 3-0 in a T20I collection earlier than trouncing Ireland 2-0 in ODIs, with one sport washed out.

Hathurusingha said nothing except the environment around the Bangladesh dressing room seems to have changed since his return to the post, and that the players’ “worth does not diminish” even if results don’t go in their favour.

“Only the surroundings [has] modified a bit of bit contained in the dressing room, and in the way in which we converse and what we discuss,” he said. “I attempt to deliver some psychological security across the group. I be sure to inform them that simply due to the outcomes – whether or not they do properly or fail – their worth does not diminish.

“We look at them with the same mindset. They are valuable. We select them for their skillset. Other than that, I don’t think anything has changed. I don’t know what happened before, but their skills are the same.”

Hathurusingha burdened on aggression in each side on the sphere in addition to in choice, with out worrying about outcomes. That was testified by Bangladesh posting their highest ODI total within the first match in opposition to Ireland, solely to surpass that rating two days later.

“I don’t know if this is the new era, but we want to play aggressive cricket,” Hathurusingha stated. “It doesn’t mean hitting the ball the farthest we can. [Rather] aggressive in every sense of the word: selection, field placing, body language, fielding, batting, [and] tactics.

“We don’t fret in regards to the end result. We wish to play one of the simplest ways we are able to. When we play with aggression and freedom, Bangladesh group has all the time finished properly. That’s the way in which ahead for us.”

Another aggressive move was the selection of uncapped legspinner Rishad Hossain for the T20Is against Ireland despite his having bowled just 5.1 overs in competitive cricket this season before taking two wickets in seven overs in a 50-over warm-up in opposition to Ireland.

Rishad hasn’t played a single BPL match, but has recently spent a lot of time bowling in the Bangladesh nets. During Hathurusingha’s first stint in 2014, he had backed legspinner Jubair Hossain’s inclusion in the senior team; he is doing the same with Rishad now, as he firmly believes that legspin is an aggressive option in T20s.

“It is a brand new starting for him. We suppose that his skillset is nice sufficient,” Hathurusingha said. “There’s one thing particular that we are able to develop in the long term. That’s the primary thought behind [his selection]. Whatever occurs – whether or not he does properly or not – we’re looking for some attacking spinners going ahead.”

However, there was no place for batter Afif Hossain in the T20I squad for the first time in three years. After amassing 344 runs in the BPL this year – the most by a batter from his side – he was dropped for the third T20I against England last week, and now finds himself out of both white-ball squads. His last six ODI innings include four single-digit scores, and innings of only 23 and 15 in the other two outings. Hathurusingha said Afif needs runs under his belt to return to the team.

“He has to what everybody else does: go and rating runs. I’ve informed him which areas to enhance,” he said. “If he does that, [and] if there’s a spot out there, he might be handled as anybody else. Of course [he was dropped because of his performance], not due to his face. Anyone is in or out due to his efficiency, in addition to generally tactically if we wish to do one thing completely different.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84



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